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Fiji Rugby: Mocenacagi On Standby

Head coach Gareth Baber has opt­ed for big forwards of Mesulame Kunavula, Paula Dranisinuku­la, Josua Vakurinabili, Kalione Nasoko and Meli Derenalagi.
02 Mar 2019 10:30
Fiji Rugby: Mocenacagi On Standby
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s utility Sevuloni Mocenacagi (left- right), Waisea Nacuqu and Paula Dranisinukula at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on February 28, 2019. The players are in the 13-member squad announced by coach Gareth Baber. Photo: Ian Muir

Suspended utility player Se­vuloni Mocenacagi has been named the 13th player in the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s side to play in today’s USA 7s in Las Vegas.

Mocenecagi is unavailable for the pool matches, serving out the re­maining three games suspension carried over from the Sydney 7s. He will be ready for a call up should the need arise on second day of competition.

Head coach Gareth Baber has opt­ed for big forwards of Mesulame Kunavula, Paula Dranisinuku­la, Josua Vakurinabili, Kalione Nasoko and Meli Derenalagi.

Baber said power and physicality would be a key on the narrower sur­face of the Sam Boyd Stadium.

Also joining the forwards is rook­ier Navosa lad Isoa Tabu who is go­ing to make his debut in the World Sevens Series. In the backs, Baber has gone for wily halfback Jerry Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqu, Terio Tam­ani, Alasio Naduva, Aminiasi Tu­imaba and Filimoni Botitu.

Namosi winger Asaeli Tuivoka is suffering from a flu and should be ready for the Canada 7s in Van­couver next weekend. With a solid week on the training track, Baber says, his players are looking for­ward to the challenge ahead.

“All players have prepared well and shown focus over our time here in Vegas so far and all are fit and ready to go.

“We had our captain’s run and stadium visit this morning and will use the rest of the day to cre­ate focus, then tomorrow it’s about delivery.”

What’s Today

The Fijians begin their assault on the USA 7s today against Scotland at 11.22am Saturday, before meeting Wales at 2.23pm. They pick up their pool games on Sunday against Aus­tralia at 7.52am.

Fijian 7s: Mesulame Kunavula, Kalione Nasoko, 3. Paula Dranisi­nukula, Meli Derenelagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Isoa Tabu, Jerry Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqu, Terio Tam­ani, Filimoni Botitu, Alasio Na­duva, Aminiasi Tuimuba. Sevuloni Mocenecagi*

Edited by Osea Bola

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